Citizens' juries and deliberative democracy

Smith, Graham and Wales, Corinne (2000) Citizens' juries and deliberative democracy. Political Studies, 48 (1). pp. 51-65. ISSN 0032-3217

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In the face of widespread dissatisfaction with contemporary democratic practice, there has been a growing interest in theories of deliberative democracy. However theorists have often failed to sufficiently address the question of institutional design. This paper argues that recent experiments with citizens' juries should be of interest to deliberative democrats. The practice of citizens' juries is considered in light of three deliberative democratic criteria: inclusivity, deliberation and citizenship. It is argued that citizens' juries offer important insights into how democratic deliberation could be institutionalized in contemporary political decision-making processes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Rachel Wheelhouse
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2012 14:14
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2012 14:14

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